Friday Free-For-All – 06/23/17

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I’m off to San Francisco! I’m taking a half day from work today and flying out this afternoon. I probably won’t be posting much here, but you can follow my adventures on Instagram. I’ll be back home some time on Tuesday night.

I’m a packing ninja. I bought United “basic economy” tickets, which means I don’t get a free carry on bag for my flights. Because buying last-minute tickets was already so expensive, I didn’t want to pay the extra $25 per flight for a bag. This means that I packed everything I need for a 3 day, 4 night trip to San Francisco in a backpack. Are you impressed? Cause I know I am!

Today is Ben’s first day of summer vacation. And he’s such a good husband, he got up early to drop me off at work so I wouldn’t have to pay for airport parking. While I’m madly jealous of his summer, I know he worked is ass off this school year, and deserves the break. Now, someone remind me of that later this summer while he’s gallivanting around Prague and I’m stuck here…

If you’re interested in a sneak peek at Dogfight the Musical you’re in luck! Stowe Theater Guild’s promotion team is killing it this year, and they made a great little video, which you can view by clicking right here. It’s our first time running through Act 1 with the accompanist so it’s a little rough, but many of you have asked for more video of me in action, so here you go!

Do you tend to overpack for trips? I usually do, but this time around I had to FORCE myself to pack light.

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Done, Done, On to the Next One

9 to 5 the Musical is a wrap, folks! As usual, show week went by in a nearly incomprehensible blur. I laughed. I cried. I didn’t get enough sleep. I ate too much and didn’t drink too much and had an absolute ball. Here’s a nice melange of photos from the show and backstage (all show photos courtesy of Tim Barden Images):

And now, it’s time to start rehearsals for Dogfight. At least, theoretically we’ll be starting soon. I know the director also had a show this weekend, so he’s probably in the same state of recovery that I’m in, and that details will be forthcoming. I’m VERY excited to get working on this material. I think I may even bring back my “no booze during the rehearsal process” resolution that I had during Chess. This show isn’t as vocally demanding, but I still want to bring my absolute A game, and easing off on alcohol helps in more ways than one.

It’s also time to get back to CrossFit, back to running, and back to eating like a normal human being. This week will be a good time to ease back into training, with two CrossFit sessions, 2 lunch runs, and maybe some yoga.

Mostly I’m just excited to have free time again. I got to have a ladies’ night last night, and we’re going out with one of Ben’s colleagues tomorrow. And we have to do our taxes on Saturday. Boo. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute, right?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 03/24/17

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I actually managed to cook dinner for the family this week. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t really been contributing to household chores as much as I’d like, and I’ve been getting down on myself over it. I finally sucked it up and made taco fixings on Tuesday night, and it made me feel so much better. Everyone has been incredibly gracious about my crazy schedule, but it’s never nice to feel like I’m just a burden on everyone.

9 to 5 opens two weeks from last night. Holy crap. I can’t believe it’s almost here already! The show is in great shape right now, and I know it’s going to be awesome. The only thing making me nervous is that I haven’t had a single costume fitting yet. I have no idea what I’m wearing, and I just hope I don’t look awful. I swear, if they put shoulder pads on me (the show is set in 1979), I may have a meltdown. I try not to be a diva about costumes, but it can be demoralizing to stand onstage in front of 1,200 people a night and feel like you look like a train wreck.

I’m going to be learning guitar. For a couple of scenes in Dogfight the musical, my character plays guitar and sings. So that’s crazy and cool. I took guitar lessons for a few years in middle school, and every once in a while I pick up a friend’s guitar and play around, but I’m going to have to actually put a bit of effort in over the next couple of months. Thank god for free lessons on YouTube, amirite?

I have slept better this week than I have in I don’t know how long. For years, I’ve had a weird sort of pseudo-insomnia where I a) have difficulty actually falling asleep, b) wake up multiple times a night, for no particular reason, and c) wake up about an hour before my alarm is set to go off and just lie there, wishing I were asleep. It’s annoying as hell, not to mention completely disruptive as far as getting good quality sleep. But this week? I’ve been falling asleep relatively quickly, I think I’ve woken up a handful of times, but for much shorter periods than usual, and I’m sleeping through until my alarm. I’m waking up, if not refreshed, at least not exhausted. I’m not sure what’s changed, but god I hope it keeps up!

Do you ever have trouble sleeping?

 

 

 

February 2017 Wrap-Up

Another month gone by! Crazypants! This wrap-up is coming at you a little late because of our Bahamas vacation (stay tuned for a recap!), so here we go.

At the end of January, I did a little retrospective, and I’ve decided to keep that up even though I’m not really running or training for anything. It’s always nice to look back and see what you’ve accomplished, and I think I actually did pretty well this month.

CrossFit
CF continues to be awesome. I’m making friends and definitely getting stronger. I went 10 times in February, which is pretty great considering all the snow we got and how busy I’ve been. My current membership level gets me 12 total classes per month, so the fact that I only skipped twice is pretty impressive.

Fitting CF in three times a week will get more challenging as the show approaches, and I’m considering prorating my April membership because I really don’t think I’ll have the time or energy to go at all the week of 9 to 5 shows. We’ll see, though.

Theatre
Rehearsals for 9 to 5 are getting longer and more frequent, and this will continue through March and early April. I love, love, love getting to do theatre, but it is incredibly demanding of my time and energy. It’s always worth it in the end, but I also always reach a point in every rehearsal process where I think “What the hell have I done to myself?” I haven’t hit it yet, but it’s coming. Having had this past week off from both work and rehearsal has been a great recharge, though, and I’m hopeful that it will help stave off any feelings of panic.

Right before we left for the Bahamas, I had my audition for Dogfight the musical. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I got the part that I wanted. As I recently discussed, this is something of a double-edged sword. It means two back-to-back rehearsal processes without much downtime between and less flexibility to do fun things this summer, but I get to play I role I really want and sing beautiful music and work with my friend Scott again. I’m choosing to focus on the positive and know that it will be great.

Running
Still no running around here. I’m planning to bring it back this month, though. The days are getting longer and slightly warmer, and Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend, so it’s time to get back to at least two runs a week, on my off days from CF.

Highlight
Our Bahamas trip, hands down. Lots of rest, reading, good food, great company, and delicious beer. Heaven.

Lowlight
Sitting in the North Eleuthera airport and realizing I had to go back to reality. I actually cried. While my work environment is pretty awesome, the job itself is soul-crushingly boring, and knowing that I had to return to that monotony was quite depressing.

Goals
In my January wrap-up post, I also set out a couple of goals for February. Since you probably don’t remember what they were, here’s a refresher:

  • Go to CrossFit 12 times.
  • Go to yoga at least once.
  • Make an eye doctor appointment.

Sadly, I only accomplished one of these goals: I had an eye doctor appointment on the 23rd. Getting my eye doctor appointment was relatively painless because the office I chose (where Ben has been going since he was a teen) allows you to request an appointment online! #introvertwin. I didn’t end up needing a new prescription (yay!), but I got new lenses with fancy anti-glare coating, because I have a hard time with night driving sometimes.

I have some goals for March as well:

  • Go to CF 12 times
  • Go to yoga at least once
  • Run at least twice
  • Start (and hopefully complete) the process of my 401(k) rollover. I left my previous employer almost 4 years ago and still haven’t rolled my old plan into my current one. The power of compound interest is more powerful the more money you have, so having all my dollars in one plan is the best way to make my money work. I tried to do this once already, and the jackass I got on the phone never actually sent me the necessary paperwork. Time to put my adulting pants on and get this done.

Have you ever had to rollover a retirement plan? Was it relatively painless?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 02/10/17

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It’s been a pretty light rehearsal week. This is always nice. Especially because the further we get into things, the less likely it is to have an easy week. We’ve nearly finished blocking the show, so we can expect to be running larger and larger chunks as we go on. I’ve been enjoying every minute of my downtime by just relaxing at home as much as possible.

I am SO HAPPY it’s Friday. I don’t know why, but this has been a tough week. I’ve been feeling more exhausted than usual, and cranky to boot. I’m excited to have another weekend at home, so I can catch up on sleep, cleaning, and video games 🙂

I downloaded the audition song for the show I’m interested in this summer, and I’m obsessed. The show is called Dogfight, and it’s a newish musical by the same guys who wrote the music for the current Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. This song speaks to me so, so much, and I’d love to get to play this role. Check it out!

I will be doing some Instagram posting for 9 to 5. The organization, Lyric Theatre, has an Instagram account that I will be taking over for the rest of the rehearsal and show period and I’m SO excited. I feel very passionately that a stronger social media presence would be really good for Lyric, so I’m excited to hopefully help demonstrate that. If you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to, follow @lyrictheatrevt! I will only be posting a couple of times a week for now, but there will be more to post about the closer we get to the show 🙂

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning? I like to sleep in and then eat a big breakfast 🙂